The benefits of slow running

In 1980 the slow food movement started. The Slow Food movement aims to preserve cultural cuisine and in so doing to preserve the food plants and seeds, domestic animals and farming within an eco region. In the Slow food movement the Slow live movement had its roots. The Slow Movement advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life’s pace. Slow down to remove the stress from our live. Its an movement against the high rate of changes and the stressful impact this has on our lives. The only thing for certain is that everything changes and the change rate increases. If you want to hang on you better speed up. That is the message of today.

The Norwegian philosopher [[Guttorm Fløistad]] says: It could however be useful to remind everyone that our basic needs never change. The need to be seen and appreciated! It is the need to belong. The need for nearness and care, and for a little love! This is given only through slowness in human relations. In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.

Life is so short, we should all move slowly – Thich Nhat Hanh

The Slow movement is a reaction against the cult of speed and the stressful impact this has on our lives.
Like the author from the blog, I started to run against my daily job stress. I needed a balance between mind and body, and I wanted to stay fit. And what a balance that was, stress in work and stress by running. Soon my running started to get dominated by a training plan, goals etc. Definitely not what I was looking for since I needed to de-stress in my live. This why I started to prefer slow running, slow but long runs. Long runs give enough time to reorder my mind and enough time to de-stress without the time pressure. I also stopped running to a strickt trainings plan, and I stopped worrying about race pace and finish times. My aim is distance and not speed. A reduction in speed of only 5% will allow you to run twice as far, and to run with less stress. Slow running means for me, going from running with the clock to running with the gut. As an extra effect; slow runs are less stressful for the body and have some serious health advantage.

Slow running makes the joints and muscles build up slowly in order to give them more endurance. Slow running improves the cardiovascular system, strengthens the heart and increases the blood supply in the muscles. It enhances the body’s ability to burn fat as a source of energy and it teaches the body to store more energy as glycogen in the muscles. And finally, long slow runs teach the body to run efficiently, minimising the energy expenditure needed to move you along an it minimizes the chance of getting injuries.

And next to the health benefits, slow running gives you mor time to relax, de-stress and enjoy.

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